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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Landlords snap up coveted Target leases

    Two of the country’s largest landlords have moved quickly to snap up 11 of their best leases from insolvent Target Canada for what it describes as a premium price, underlining their urgency to take back control of their retail space.

    Oxford Properties Corp. and Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc. have come together to make a deal with Target Canada as it winds down its operations under bankruptcy protection. The proposed purchase price for the leases, which include the store in Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, Ont., is being withheld but is “at the high end of the value range,” according to new court documents.

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    Hudson’s Bay Company teams up with Simon Properties, RioCan to form real estate ventures worth $4.2 billion

    TORONTO – Through his latest act of financial wizardry, Hudson’s Bay Co. governor Richard Baker has transformed the country’s oldest department store chain into one of its most nimble real estate operators.

    It has been a process in the making since the savvy Greenwich, Conn.-based real estate investor bought out the then-limping HBC in 2008 and proceeded to make a series of methodical chess moves to get the retailer out of its least attractive properties and pour those proceeds into more valuable properties, most notably the US$2.9-billion purchase of Saks Fifth Avenue in 2013.

    HBC announced Wednesday it was partnering with the biggest real estate investment trusts in the United States and Canada to form joint venture deals worth $4.2 billion. Setting up joint ventures, rather than spin off HBC’s real estate holdings into its own REIT, will allow the department store retailer to diversify credit and enable the ventures to potentially acquire more real estate holdings before taking them public, Mr. Baker said.

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    U.S. Retail Sales Fell 0.8% in January

    U.S. retail sales slumped in January for a second straight month, a sign that sluggish consumer spending over the holidays continued into early 2015 despite the savings from sharply lower gasoline prices.

    Sales at retailers and restaurants fell 0.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted $439.77 billion, the Commerce Department said Thursday.

    Gasoline prices have plunged since last summer, a decline that could save the average household hundreds of dollars per year, according to some estimates. But excluding purchases at gas stations, retail sales were flat in January after ticking down 0.2% in December.

    It was “a softer than expected start to the quarter for consumer spending,” BNP Paribas economist Laura Rosner said in a note to clients.

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    Why Bank Of America Is Stumped: Despite "Lower Gas Prices" US Consumer Spending Has Plunged

    One just has to laugh while reading the following hilarious attempt to justify the cognitive dissonance by Bank of America's analysts - and everyone else for that matter - who were oh so certain that tumbling (if not any more) gas prices would translate into a "splurge" of spending on non-gas related goods and instead, when looking at their internal data, are seeing something inexplicable.

    To be sure, it wasn't just BofA data that has shown a plunge in discretionary spending: the December retail sales report last month courtesy of the government showed precisely the same, even if BofA's analysts - and everyone else - rushed to describe as a "one-off" aberration which would quickly be revised higher.

    Well, it won't be. Because while the BLS may seasonally adjusted and revise employment data to make the economy seem far stronger than it really is, when it comes to spending, every dollar leaving one pocket ends up in another pocket, and can thus be traced.

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